Aaron Folk’s hunting tale is like many others: it’s full of lots of bull.
Folk’s bull, however, takes the form of a possible new state record-bull moose.
Folk, mechanic at Basin Electric’s Antelope Valley Station near Beulah, ND, filled his once-in-a-lifetime tag by shooting the moose with his bow from about 20 yards Sept. 11 near Mohall, ND. The 10 x 11 bull had a spread of 53 and three-eighths inches and a green score of 166 and one-eighth inches.
After getting help from the landowner and local farmers to drag the animal out of a sunflower field and dressing it, Folk ended up with 414 pounds of meat.
Folk will know if the moose is a state record once the 60-day dry-down period ends Nov. 10, the deer gun opener. Folk’s moose will likely top the old Pope and Young state record of a co-worker, that has stood since 1994.
Curt Michaelson, instrumentation and control supervisor at Antelope Valley Station, shot a 9 x 11 bull in 1994 in Bottineau County that had a 47 and five-eighths-inch spread and scored 162 and three-eighths.
According to the North Dakota Bowhunters Association, Folk’s bull would be the ninth Canada moose to make the North Dakota Canada moose record book, along with one entered in the velvet category.